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NFL 08: Saints out-charades the Falcons

When the New Orleans Saints voyaged to the Eastern time zone a month ago to stare down the Atlanta Falcons, the home team proved to be the master of the ceremonies.  Today, the Falcons were over in  the Saints’ playground aiming to capture another victory.   Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter started with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing an interception.  Saints cornerback Jason David plucked the ball right out of the air as it was traveling towards Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.  Saints running back Reggie Bush made a touchdown a couple plays later.  New Orleans 7 and Atlanta 0.

The second quarter started with Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing to wide receiver Marques Colston.  The ball ended up in the hands of Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson, but it hit the ground.  Thus, incomplete pass.   The Saints shot up a field goal at the end of that possessio.  New Orleans 10 and Falcons 0.   The first play of Atlanta’s next possession was a fifty-nine yard pass to Roddy White.  Spectacularly projected and cradled.   The end of that drive led to a touchdown, courtesy of running back Michael Turner.  The Saints flung up another field goal (of forty-six yards) not long after the Falcons got on the board.  New Orleans 13 and Atlanta 7.   Towards the bottom of the second quarter, Matt Ryan connected superbly with wide receivers Harry Douglas, Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and finally  Brian Finneran for a TD.  Atlanta 14 and New Orleans 13.  Going into halftime, though, the Saints reclaimed the lead with a field goal.  New Orleans 16 and Atlanta 14.

The third quarter pulsed halfway through and Matt Ryan launched two awesome passes while under much pressure (once to Brian Finneran, who was flanked by two Saints, and a second time to Michael Jenkins).   Edging towards the bottom of the third quarter, as that possession ended, Jason Elam’s field goal placed the Falcons back in the lead.  Atlanta 17 and New Orleans 16.

The fourth quarter commenced with a Saints touchdown by running back Pierre Thomas.   They would attempt a two-point conversion but it was not successful.  New Orleans 21 and Atlanta 17.   On the Falcons’ next possession, Matt Ryan ran twelve yards into the end zone himself for a touchdown.  A two-point conversion was tried and it worked (Michael Jenkins caught the ball).   Atlanta 25 and New Orleans 22.   The Saints responded with a zippy kickoff-return and a drive that culminated in a Pierre Thomas TD.  Saints 29 and Atlanta 25.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Two of the pre-game segments were a vignette on the Falcons and a getting-to-know Roddy White sequence.  White was also featured on 11alive’s (my local NBC station) Falcons Face to Face last night.  It’s taped at the ESPN Zone in Buckhead and is hosted by Fred Kalil, one of 11alive’s sports reporters.   Roddy White was born in November of 1981.  I’m older than him by nearly a year.  He’s adorable.  His off-field, onscreen persona is remarkably different from his on-field, onscreen persona.

2.  Brian Billick, Dick Stockton, and Brian Baldinger were the commentators.

3.  Jason David made that interception in the first quarter, was then brought to the ground by Roddy White, and then proceeded to do the Carlton Dance upon standing up.

4.  Before cutting to commercial after the second quarter ended, one of the Fox cameras got a shot of a Saints fan dressed up as the Joker a la Heath Ledger.  Only, his jacket was chartreuse.  In fact, the fan bore a strong resemblance to actor Crispin Glover.

5.  Falcons defensive end John Abraham has Chinese character tattoos in his left bicep.  I can’t make out what they are, though, from the camera angle that revealed them (in the top of the fourth quarter after Falcons cornerback Dominique Foxworth got a penalty for illegal contact).

6.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank got a medium close-up after Atlanta lost the forward progress challenge in the fourth quarter.  His face could be read as blank–ha! pun–or stoic.

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But the Eagles beat the Giants.

NFL 08: Falcons unseal the Packers

The Green Bay Packers got their fromage on against the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured a shoulder last week but he did play today–he played the entire game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter started with a touchdown by the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White and running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, contributed to the drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with tight end Justin Peelle for a touchdown in the front right corner (from the field’s perspective) of the end zone. Atlanta’s next possession culminated in a field goal. Falcons 10. Packers 0.

The second quarter put the Packers on the board with a forty-four yard TD reception by wide receiver Donald Driver. Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 7. The Falcons increased their lead with a twenty-two yard Roddy White TD reception, 17 to 7. Green Bay was going to go into halftime with a field goal, but an offensive holding call forced kicker Michael Crosby to kick again. Second attempt at fifty-three (or was it fifty-two) yards didn’t make it through the uprights.

The third quarter narrowed the Falcons’ lead with a Green Bay field goal. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter began with what was supposed to be a Falcons TD catch by tight end Ben Hartsock, but it turned into an interception by Packers tight end Tramon Williams in the end zone. On Green Bay’s next possession, they tied the game with a TD by wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Falcons were able to regain the upper hand with a field goal, 20 to 17. Towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons linebacker Michael Boley intercepted Aaron Rodgers’s pass. After getting the ball back, Michael Turner increased the Falcons’ lead with a TD. 27 to 17. Green Bay shrank that lead with a TD of their own in the two-minute warning, courtesy of tight end Donald Lee. Final score. 27 to 24.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. On Green Bay’s second possession, the camera that shot Atlanta punter Michael Koenen kicking the ball to Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remained behind the Packers at a slight low angle. It was a rather nice change to the standard start from behind the kicking team, cut to a high angle long shot of field (sidelines on top and bottom of screen), and then cut pan to the receiver catching the ball.

2. The interception Aaron Rodgers threw in the bottom of the fourth quarter was preceded by an intentional grounding call (defensive end John Abraham made the tackle).

3. After Michael Turner made the TD in the fourth quarter, the sidelines footage included an Arthur Blank trailing behind Matt Ryan who walked across from screen left to screen right.

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